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Patterson puts seal on Leinster 'A' Cup success

Leinster 'A' 31 Ulster 'A' 10

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Leinster A players, from left, Ronan Watters, Paddy Patterson, Dan Sheehan, Charlie Ryan and Harry Byrne with the cup following their victory. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Leinster A players, from left, Ronan Watters, Paddy Patterson, Dan Sheehan, Charlie Ryan and Harry Byrne with the cup following their victory. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Leinster A players, from left, Ronan Watters, Paddy Patterson, Dan Sheehan, Charlie Ryan and Harry Byrne with the cup following their victory. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Leinster 'A' retained the Celtic Cup title yesterday by overcoming Ulster 'A', in a very physical encounter at Energia Park.

The scoreline flattered Leinster in the end, and, at one stage, the hosts had just 13 players on the pitch with Tom Clarkson and Oisín Dowling both being shown yellow cards.

Early on, Ulster looked to be a different side to the one that suffered a heavy defeat at the same venue during the group stage, limiting Leinster to very little ball in attacking positions and taking the lead through Graham Curtis.

Leinster got back in contention when flanker Dowling barged his way over the whitewash before Dan Sheehan profited from a strong lineout maul to give them the lead at the break.

Rob Russell's try in the 51st minute offered Leinster a more comfortable gap and it was needed as Ulster laid siege.

They set up camp on the Leinster line, a phase of play that resulted in the cards for Dowling and Clarkson, but with no reward on the scoreboard.

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Patrick Patterson scores his side's fourth try. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Patrick Patterson scores his side's fourth try. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Patrick Patterson scores his side's fourth try. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

When Leinster did escape this stranglehold, Paddy Patterson displayed a sharp mind, taking a quick penalty and weaving through two tackles to dot down and seal the title.

Leinster 'A' - R Russell; L Turner (R Salanoa 67), G Mullin (J O'Connor 80), T O'Brien, A Smith; C Kelly (H Byrne 50), H O'Sullivan (P Patterson 69); C Ward (M Milne 50), D Sheehan (B Sheehan 80), T Clarkson (L Turner 79); C Ryan (capt) (R Baird 50), J Dunne; O Dowling, R Watter, R Foley (B Deeny 70).

Ulster 'A' - E McIlroy; A Kernohan, R Adair, H Hyde (L Pollock 65), G Curtis (S Kearns 47); B Houston (J Stewart 70), N Doak; C Reid (P Cooper 74), Z McCall (T Stewart 77), A Warwick (Tommy O'Hagan 74); D O'Connor, J Regan; J Dunleavy (M Agnew 75), D McCann (capt), M Rea.

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Liam Turner of Leinster A is tackled by Graham Curtis of Ulster A. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Liam Turner of Leinster A is tackled by Graham Curtis of Ulster A. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Liam Turner of Leinster A is tackled by Graham Curtis of Ulster A. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Oisín Dowling of Leinster A is tackled by David O’Connor, left, and Ethan McIlroy of Ulster A. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Oisín Dowling of Leinster A is tackled by David O’Connor, left, and Ethan McIlroy of Ulster A. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Oisín Dowling of Leinster A is tackled by David O’Connor, left, and Ethan McIlroy of Ulster A. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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